I received the unit yesterday and started tinkering with it today. So far, everything is great, excellent tutorial to get going with all the steps to get the weather station up and running. Only thing missing is the baud rate you need to set, it needs to be at 115200, this is not the default in arduino ide.
The unit is relatively well made, the screen inside the casing is not completely level (2 or 3 degrees off I'd say) but it's barely noticeable. I might be able to fix that once I crack it open. Packaging was excellent, everything you need including cable is in the box.
Refresh rate is slow but I guess that's normal, I was expecting the refresh to occurs asynchronously to the display refresh but the whole screen goes black when you press the button. That might just be a software issue though, I have not dug into the source code yet.
All in all, this is a very cool gadget!! I wish there were a bigger version with a bigger battery!
Response from ThingPulse Ltd, Switzerland | April 15, 2018
Thank you Jacques-Etienne for the kind words, we're happy you like what we've created. Good catch about the missing baud rate in the guide. I'll fix that right away. We're already working on 4.2'' and 7.5'' versions. Follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know once they become available. Also, if international shipping weren't so illogical at times you would have received the parcel much faster. Did you notice in the tracking history how your parcel landed in the destination city (coming directly from far east) just to be sent to Germany for routing before coming back to the same destination city?
I placed the order on 28th Jan 2018 and paid $8.50 for shipping to the Netherlands.
My receipt said: SHIPPING: Deutsche Post 7-15 days with tracking
The order arrived today (20th Feb 2018) several days late. That in itself wouldn't be so bad except that I was charged 18.10 € as customs charges. This is less to do with the seller and more to do with the customs but since they know the destination country at the time of shipping, I wish they'd at least give an indication of the customs fee you can expect to pay.
Had I known the overall cost, I probably wouldn't have purchased this.
Response from ThingPulse Ltd, Switzerland | Feb. 20, 2018
I am very sorry that your shipment arrived late and you had to pay additional fees. We absolutely share your frustration as more often than not we’re in the same shoes as you i.e. we’re on the receiving end of the delivery chain rather than on the providing side. International shipping is very complex and many aspects have to be taken into consideration: your parcel was shipped from Dongguan in China. Products containing batteries like the Plus Kit have special constraints for shipping and are sometimes (not every time) treated differently by the shipping operator. Also your package might have experienced delay since we are currently in the Chinese New Year Festival and in the weeks leading up to that holiday there can a bit of a "congestion" with the shipping providers from China, since everybody wants to get their goods out before nothing goes for two weeks. Did you actually have to pay customs charges or the value added tax? Imports into the EU are usually free for custom charges up to a value of 150 Euros. VAT rates are different in every EU country which makes it very difficult to forecast the actual cost the customer has to pay in the end. Also some countries only sample parcels while others check every single shipment.
I hope you can now understand a bit better our difficulties in forecasting exact time of arrival and charges collect from you by your local administration
I purchased two of these kits to function as components in a larger system composed of MagicShifter3000's (http://magicshifter.net/) scattered throughout the studio, with the ESPaper module to serve as display interface to complement the MS3000's LED-based interface. The kit arrived, I unboxed it, flashed it with my ESP8266 OS (derived from the MS3000's OS), added methods to display diagrams and technical info, and .. voila .. project finished! (Well, almost..)
The fact that the ESPaper Plus Module works out of the box is very appealing, and as a developer I appreciate the attention to detail. The only issue I have is that I feel that the kit should come with a small bit of paper documentation, perhaps listing the most relevant Git repo's for other developers to check out and get started - I admit that it took me a fair bit of poking around blog.squix.com and the Daniels' personal repositories to find the libraries I needed. However, it wasn't too much effort.
I was a little disappointed that there wasn't much of a demo app installed on the ESPaper kit, out of the box - just a simple logo display and not much else. Would have been interesting to have some kind of dynamic content on first boot, rather than just a static image display - however maybe this is something for future revisions of the finished product.
One other suggestion I would have is to get support for the ESPaper pushed upstream into the platformIO eco-system - I'm using pio as my build system primarily, and would love to have an 'out of the box solution' in the pio scene, somehow.
However, it didn't take much effort to get started - mostly due to the wise choice to use the ESP8266 as the CPU .. anyone with any experience with this module is going to find it very easy to get started with the ESPaper.